Afterimage

A bimonthly magazine devoted to media art and cultural criticism for the photography, film, video and visual book community. Publishes feature articles of investigative reporting or scholarly research, interviews, essays, reviews of media arts publication

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, January-February

A Hunger for Images
LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO A MONTREAL MONTREAL, CANADA SEPTEMBER 8-OCTOBER 10, 2005 For one month this past fall the grand city of Montreal was saturated with photography as it celebrated the ninth edition of Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal (MPM)...
B.C. and A.D
HERSHMANLANDIA: THE ART AND FILMS OF LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON HENRY ART GALLERY SEATTLE, WASHINGTON NOVEMBER 4, 2005-FEBRUARY 5, 2006 In 1972, Lynn Hershman's exhibition at the University Art Museum in Berkeley was closed due to her inclusion...
Dichotomies Coalesce
CHRIS JORDAN: INTOLERABLE BEAUTY: PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN MASS CONSUMPTION PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST SEATTLE, WASHINGTON SEPTEMBER 1-OCTOBER 15, 2005 Photographer Chris Jordan has had two major solo exhibitions this year at the galleries...
Fair Use Statement Launched
Documentary filmmakers have all too often found their creative work hobbled by strict copyright clearance practices. Now, filmmakers have taken the initiative to change their environment. Five leading filmmaker organizations have collaborated, on a...
Finding Meaning
THE MEANING OF PHOTOGRAPHY STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS NOVEMBER 19, 2005 Since the 1844 publication of William Henry Fox Talbot's The Pencil of Nature, photography and writing on photography have...
History and Memory
BURNT ORANGES BY SILVIA MALAGRINO 90 MINUTES, ENGLISH, 2005 My savvy students often ridicule Man with a Movie Camera (1929). They seem to find Dziga Vertov's montage, with its continuous motion from the individual to the collective, trite...
Learning to Be Human: An Interview with William Pope.L
Everyone has to crawl before they walk. Even so, it is also true that when people achieve a certain status, they may feel they are more important than another person. The rich look down on the poor. The beautiful look down on the plain. The powerful...
Lessons in Literacy
LITERACY IN A MEDIA AGE ITHACA COLLEGE ITHACA, NEW YORK OCTOBER 14-15, 2005 2005 CONFERENCE ON MEDIA LITERACY MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS OCTOBER 22, 2005 Media literacy is taking its place...
Looking at Time
NOORDERLICHT 2005 PHOTOFESTIVAL GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 9, 2005 The twelfth incarnation of Noorderlicht, the Dutch photography festival held this year in Groningen, situated documentary and art photography in a context...
Magnetic North
DOKUMENT 05 PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP OSLO, NORWAY OCTOBER 4-7, 2005 We live in a sea of images. The main agencies: Corbis, Getty, Reuters, et al., receive more than twelve thousand images daily, and the photography schools produce more and...
Media Received
Afterwar, by Lori Grinker. de.MO/248 pp./$47.50 (hb). American Alphabets, by Wendy Ewald. Prestel/192 pp./$58.00 (hb). Anonymous: Enigmatic Images from Unknown Photographers, by Robert Flynn Johnson. Thames & Hudson/208 pp./$29.95 (sb). ...
Objects Collected, Images Understood
TONY LABAT: TRUST ME NEW LANGTON ARTS SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA SEPTEMBER 21-OCTOBER 22, 2005 In 1978 Langton Arts (as it was then named) announced a call for proposals. The young Tony Labat sent only a bouquet of roses with a note that...
Orientalizing Sexism: Hye Rim Lee's TOKI
Art practice, whether traditional, modern, or avant-garde, is always tempted by the ideal of the singular work, of the definitive rendition. The general public, through the romantic notion of the creative genius, is similarly inclined to attribute,...
Pedagogy and Charity
FIRST LIGHT: TEACHING PHOTOGRAPHY IN KABUL SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS NEW YORK, NEW YORK OCTOBER 21-NOVEMBER 12, 2005 The press release began, "School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents 'First Light: Teaching Photography in Kabul,' an exhibition...
Punching the Keys
Most of Edgar Allan Poe's minor essay "Marginalia" (1844) consists of the writer's verbatim notes in the margins of media publications he had collected. We circumscribers feel the need to get involved with the text in hand. Perhaps we are trying to...
Rich Material
ARCHIVE FEVER: A DIGITAL WONDER ROOM HOOD MUSEUM OF ART, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE JUNE 7-OCTOBER 2, 2005 There is a long tradition of artists reflecting on museum content--from Peter Paul Rubens's paintings to Fred Wilson's...
To the Finland Station
BACKLIGHT 05 TAMPERE, FINLAND SEPTEMBER 2, 2005-JANUARY 15, 2006 At a time when cultural globalization seems to smother indigenous cultural ideas, a photography festival such as Backlight, held every three years since 1987 in Tampere, Finland,...
Tunnel Vision: Photographic Education in Britain in the 1980s
In Britain the 1980s began in 1979 with the election of the first government of Margaret Thatcher, and it would be impossible to discuss any aspect of social life in Britain in that troubled and turbulent decade without some initial reference to Thatcherism....
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